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10 Slave Codes That Were Designed To Oppress and Humiliate Black People


Blacks Were Prohibited from Reading and Writing

In a particularly debilitating move, whites made it illegal for the enslaved to read or write. Anyone operating a school or teaching reading and writing to any African-American in Missouri could be punished by a fine of not less than $500 and up to six months in jail. Especially in the South, so-called Christian values made the Bible the only¬†exception to¬†the “no slaves reading” laws.

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